Wake Forest Hosts No. 24 Miami in Three-Game Series to Close Season
May 13, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest baseball team closes the 2009 season at home this weekend with a three-game series against No. 24 Miami. Game times are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The first two games of the series on Thursday and Friday will be available on 98.1 WBRF-FM, while all three games will be available on WakeForestSports.com.
The weekend will mark the final three games for eight Wake Forest seniors. The 2009 senior class, which includes Garrett Bullock, Joel Ernst, Dustin Hood, Brad Kledzik, Evan Ocheltree, Tyler Smith, Weldon Woodall and Greg Young, will be honored before Friday night's game.
Along with the senior night festivities, there are several other promotions planned for this weekend. The series has been tabbed as the City Employee Recognition Series and any City of Winston-Salem employee can get in free to any game in the series by showing their city ID card or badge. On Saturday, a fire engine and fire safety trailer will be set up in front of the ballpark from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The interactive trailer will include home fire evasion tips, instruction on how to crawl below smoke, how to test doorknobs to see if they're hot and more.
Wake Forest enters the final weekend of the season with a 22-27 record and a 6-21 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The Deacs snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a 4-2 win against Winthrop. After starter Brandon Johnson allowed just two runs in 5 1/3 innings, Ryan McGrath, Mark Adzick and Zach White combined to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings. McGrath earned his third win of the season, while White picked up his third save. Tyler Smith drove in two runs, including the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Evan Ocheltree went 3-for-4, while Bentley Heyman and Ryan Semeniuk each added two hits.
Junior Mike Murray has been the hottest Wake Forest player of late, hitting .375 over the last five games and .438 over the last 10 games. With his recent hot streak, Murray has got his season batting average to .303 with six homers and 36 RBIs. Woodall leads the team with a .331 batting average and has also added nine home runs and 37 RBIs.
No. 24 Miami is 32-18 on the season, including a 15-12 mark in conference play. The Hurricanes enter the weekend in fourth place in the ACC's Coastal Division, 2 1/2 games behind division leader Georgia Tech. Miami dropped two of three games at home against Bethune Cookman last weekend in the team's most recent action. As a team, Miami is hitting .286, which ranks 10th in the league, while the pitching staff has compiled a 4.52 ERA, good for fourth in the conference.
Scott Lawson has the top batting average for the `Canes, hitting .348 with two home runs and 28 RBIs. Chris Hermann (.314) and Jason Hagerty (.313) are also hitting above .300 on the season. Hagerty leads the team with 46 RBIs and has added nine homers. Yasmani Grandal is the leading power threat in the Miami order, hitting a team-high 15 home runs with 39 RBIs.
Miami closer Kyle Bellamy, who was named to Baseball America's Mid-Season All-American team, leads the conference and ranks in the top five nationally with 14 saves. Bellamy has appeared in 26 games and has a 3-1 record with a miniscule 1.15 ERA. He has struck out 56 batters in 39 innings of work. Daniel Miranda has made 21 appearances, with 17 coming in relief, and has a 3-3 record with a 4.50 ERA.
Junior right-handed pitcher Phil Negus (2-5, 8.20) will start the series opener for Wake Forest, while Miami will counter with lefty Chris Hernandez (6-3, 4.24).
Freshman righty Michael Dimock (4-3, 6.83) will take the ball for the Deacs on Friday. Miami will send sophomore southpaw Iden Nazario (5-3, 6.50) to the mound.
Wake Forest senior lefty Garrett Bullock (1-4, 7.16) will make his final collegiate start in the season finale on Saturday, while the Hurricanes have yet to announce a starter.
Miami holds a 16-5 advantage in the all-time series entering this weekend. The Hurricanes have won the season series against the Demon Deacons each of the last four season, including a two-game sweep of the Deacs last season in Coral Gables, Fla.
Live stats and a recap of each game of the series will be available on WakeForestSports.com.
Weekend Schedule (Times Eastern and Subject to Change) - Winston-Salem, N.C. Thursday, May 14 - 7 p.m. Friday, May 15 - 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16 - 1 p.m.
Ticket Information Single-game tickets are $6 and can be purchased on game day or in advance at WakeForestSports.com.
Promotions City Employee Recognition Series - City of Winston-Salem employees will get in free to any game of the series by showing their city ID card or badge. Fire engine and interactive fire safety trailer will be set up from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. before Saturday's game.
Probable Pitching Matchups (Wake Forest vs. Miami) Thursday, May 14 RHP Phil Negus (Jr., 2-5, 8.20) vs. LHP Chris Hernandez (So., 6-3, 4.24)
Friday, May 15 RHP Michael Dimock (Fr., 4-3, 6.83) vs. LHP Iden Nazario (So., 5-3, 6.50)
Saturday, May 16 LHP Garrett Bullock (Sr., 1-4, 7.16) vs. TBA
Records Wake Forest - 22-27, 6-21 ACC Miami - 32-18, 15-12 ACC
Rankings Wake Forest - Not Ranked Miami - No. 21 (NCBWA), No. 22 (ESPN/USA Today), No. 24 (Baseball America)
Radio (WBRF with Stan Cotten and Matt Chazanow) The first and second games of the series on Thursday and Friday will be available on 98.1 WBRF-FM will Stan Cotten and Matt Chazanow on the call.
An audio broadcast of each game of the three-game series will be available on WakeForestSports. Live stats for each game will also be available.